Disseminating early interventions following trauma


  • Jonathan I. Bisson,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    • Monmouth House, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN, United Kingdom
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  • Judith A. Cohen

    1. Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
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Dissemination of effective early interventions following trauma is necessary to ensure the provision of the best possible care in a timely manner. To achieve this, agreement from all key stakeholders is required regarding the messages to be disseminated and the means of dissemination. This article is based on a National Institute of Mental Health sponsored symposium on the dissemination of early interventions at the 21st annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Toronto in 2005. The current knowledge base regarding the effectiveness and dissemination of early interventions (defined here as those that are begun within the first 3 months after exposure) following trauma for children, adolescents, and adults is considered.